National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to promote immunizations and remind everyone to get caught up on their shots.
Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for young kids and babies. They were developed to help protect us from serious diseases and illness at every age. Everyone over 6 months old needs a seasonal flu shot annually. Below is a list of immunizations that can benefit people at all ages.
For Young Children
Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis. Although these immunizations are routine at Pediatrician’s offices, it is important to make sure that they are actually being done.
For Preteens and Teens All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer. There has also been a lot of evidence to indicate that the HPV vaccine may be beneficial for young boys as well.
Adults (Ages 18+) All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years.
People age 65 or older need a one-time pneumonia shot.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family may need.
**Any questions about vaccinations and which ones are right for you and your family, please speak with your health-care provider.